International Relations Workshop with Susan Hyde
DateFebruary 19, 2015
4276 Bunche Hall
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Presenter:Susan Hyde, Yale UniversityTitle:”The Individual-Level Consequences of Democracy Promotion: A Field Experiment in Rural Cambodia”About the Speaker:Susan Hyde is Associate Professor of Political Science & International Affairs at Yale University. She studies international influences on domestic politics, particularly in the developing world and teaches classes in international relations and comparative politics. Prof. Hyde is an expert on international election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion and has served as an election observer with several organizations in Afghanistan, Albania, Indonesia, Liberia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, and Venezuela. Her first book, The Pseudo-Democrat’s Dilemma: Why Election Observation Became an International Norm (Cornell Univ. Press, 2011), won several prizes, including APSA’s 2012 Comparative Democratization Section best book award.Co-sponsored by the Comparative Politics WorkshopAbstract:Since the early 1990s, efforts to promote democracy throughout the world have proliferated, yet as many scholars and policymakers lament, the effects of these democracy promotion programs are poorly understood. In this paper we introduce a randomized field experiment intended to evaluate one democracy promotion program undertaken by an international non-governmental organization in Cambodia. We show that citizen exposure to multi-party town hall meetings has positive effects on citizen knowledge about politics, attitudes towards democracy, and reported political behavior, but has null effects on citizen confidence in the political process. In addition, several months after the intervention, qualitative evidence suggests that problem issues in treatment villages are more likely to be addressed than in control villages.
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